The latest book I am reading is the Graphic Artists Guild’s Pricing and Ethical Guidelines Handbook, and I am in love. I’m not even finished reading it and I already have to blog about it! This book is everything you need to know business wise as a designer or artist.
The book is broken up into 4 sections. The first part talks about industry standards, royalties, copyrights, contracts and more. All the nitty gritty business info that you need to know as a practicing professional but tend to avoid because its scary, non-creative, or just pain dry to read and understand. The great thing about this book is that they make it really easy to read. There is a lot of helpful information in the book, but its clear and has a dictionary in the back to help us creatives understand all the need-to-know business lingo.
The second half of the book is a list of salary and price guides. Now the first time I looked over this book, I put it back on the shelf. I was under the impression that it was for graphic designers, but the prices can help any artist! If you are a painter, drawer, cartoonist, graphic designer, illustrator, designer, video, or animator, this book will directly help you when pricing your work. The only groups of artist this book misses is three dimensional, installation, or performing artists. Regardless of mediums, all artists could learn beneficial facts and information from this handbook.
The third part of the Pricing and Ethical Guidelines Handbook is a list of resources and references. But the last section of the book is my favorite! It is a bunch of standard forms and contacts that you are free to use when you purchase the book. Everything from licensing agreement, inventory forms and model release forms.
Whether you want to self educate or you’ve gotten yourself in a pickle and need some contracts to help you out, this book is amazing and I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy for your own library.